AT&T invests nearly $750 million in Virginia to expand wireless services

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AT&T invested nearly $750 million in its Virginia wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011. According to the company, the investments were designed to improve the company’s mobile broadband coverage and the overall performance of its network.

During 2011, AT&T said it made nearly 1,650 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Virginia, including:
• Activating about 60 new cell towers to improve network coverage
• Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 725 cell sites to enable 4G speeds
• Adding capacity to cell sites
• Upgrading more than 225 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds

“More than ever, we use wireless communications to stay connected with family, friends and business colleagues,” J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid Atlantic, said in a statement. “Our ongoing investments in our wireless network will keep Virginia’s residents and businesses connected and continue to drive economic growth in the commonwealth.”

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. it also provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements.


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